Pak, the '98 U.S. Women's Open champion, was hitting balls on the range when she felt a twinge in her left wrist. She has had it treated all week, and wore a tightly wrapped bandage around it during Thursday's first round.
Still, Pak said that wasn't the reason she opened with a 77, her highest score ever in the Women's Open.
'My wrist was not a bother,' she said. 'Sometimes, you just play bad.'
Pak struggled to find the fairways, and when she did, couldn't seem to hit the greens. She made four straight bogeys around the turn, and only a strong finish - birdies on two of her final three holes - kept the damage to a minimum.
'My irons get out of control,' she said. 'I've been hitting them good and today, I don't know what happened. My golf was just silly.'
Pak conceded she feels a twinge from time to time, but refused to use that as an excuse for her 77.
'It's still just the first round,' she said.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?: Aree and Naree Wongluekiet changed their surname at the start of the season to Song, and they say the media should be thankful.
'It's more convenient for you guys, and for everyone else, and even me sometimes,' Aree said after her 1-under 70, giving her a share of the early lead. 'I don't get too many questions about how to pronounce your name.'
Wongluekiet is the surname of their mother, who is from Thailand. Song is the surname of their Korean father.
The twins hold dual citizenships.
While Song is easier to pronounce than Wongluekiet, there might be other reasons for the switch. The twins likely will turn pro after a few years at Florida, and Song will be easier to market - and more appealing to the substantial Korean golf media.
SAME OLD STORY: Beth Daniel is playing in her 28th U.S. Women's Open, so she knows what to expect. That's why Thursday's tough conditions were no surprise.
'I'm not sure a U.S. Open is ever fun,' Daniel said after opening with a 73. 'It's a grind, it's a test of survival. I told Betsy (King) and Liselotte (Neumann), 'If we played in conditions like this every week, we'd be in a mental hospital.' But once a year is OK.'
Daniel opened with seven pars, but then took triple bogey on No. 8 by driving into a fairway bunker and hitting into the edge of a greenside bunker. She bladed it over the green, hit a flop shot that rolled through the green and took three putts.
'There's such a small margin of error, and that's what got me,' she said.
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: Tracy Hanson had the first hole-in-one of the U.S. Women's Open, the ball spinning sideways into the cup at No. 12.
It was about the only thing that went right on her first nine holes.
The ace was preceded by a bogey and followed by two more, making her scorecard read: 6-1-5-5.
DIVOTS: No one had a tougher start than Karthryn Cusick, a Futures Tour player in her first U.S. Women's Open. She made had two quadruple bogeys and a triple bogey on her way to a 93. The USGA does not keep records on highest scores. ... Betsy King, the only woman to receive a special exemption to the Women's Open, had a 78. She has not shot better than 74 in her last seven Open rounds. ... Sophie Gustafson wore a sleeveless shirt with the Augusta National logo. Gustafson's boyfriend, LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw, has been outspoken against the all-male membership at the home of the Masters. Was she making a statement? 'I just like the shirt,' Gustafson said.
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